Illegal dump sites are being found in every Nashville neighborhood

Posted at 4:10 PM, Aug 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-26 21:03:12-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — More illegal dumping sites are popping up in Nashville according to Metro Public Works. Clean up crews are working six days a week to pick up dump sites that can sometimes be so large, they block an entire alleyway.

"It's a constant problem," JD Lane, Metro Nashville's beautification manager said. "Mattresses, couches, tires. Tires is a big one."

The problem is no isolated to one particular area, dump sites can be found in nearly every Nashville neighborhood. There's so much, the public works department often relies on people doing community service or volunteers who set up their own clean up days.

"Maxwell road out in Antioch, there's a bad campsite out there. Old Due West, several dump sites out there. There are several areas that are a constant problem. We try to get on top of it with signs and cameras. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't," Lane said.

Hub Nashville has been a benefit to public works. Since the website opened a couple years ago, the city has been able to better track problem areas. Plus, people can track their reports from the site.

"A lot of it's education. People think it's ok to dump in these abandoned areas. All fine, we'll dump it and the city picks it up. It's like, nah that's actually costing more money to do that when you can take it to a convenience center and it's way easy," Lane said.

Through the hub, residents can have large items picked up.

The best thing someone can do is go to one of the four convenience centers across Davidson County to drop off their trash.